Lucy Vives photographed in Los Angeles, CA at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles
JORDAN KHLOE — You are very vocal on social media about your beliefs and opinions, do you ever feel afraid to speak up?
LUCY VIVES — I know I’m gonna die someday. You should all know that too. What then do I really have to lose? Women have been silenced for centuries, only in the past hundred years have we begun to read and speak. And now there is so much we can finally say. I only read female authors for many years and they had great voices too, but none had my voice. I liked that and I wanted to respond. I wanted to share my thoughts and theories, my experiences, my fears, my happiness and an analysis of it all. There are diseases, disasters and tragedies outside of our control, things actually worth being afraid of… your right to speak isn’t one of them.
"Our society is structured to propel a submissive, infantile & materialistic youth."
JORDAN KHLOE — You have been an active figure in the fight for equality, what has compelled you to use your voice and platform in this way?
LUCY VIVES — In Latin America, Colombia to be specific, there seems to be a delay in progress regarding humane tolerance. Due to the portrayal of the LGBTQ community in the media, there is a lack of compassion and empathy when it comes to what we’ve labeled the ‘LGBTQ’ community. People are hunted down, executed, abused, tortured, denied jobs, denied service and publicly humiliated today, in the country I’m supposed to call home. LGBTQ organizations worldwide have congregated and emerged as a result of those threats. “No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver,” is a proverb from my town that describes the real pity that comes when a government finds virtue in marginalizing and killing innocent people with no logical foundation.
"No are "
JORDAN KHLOE — What would you say to the people who don’t understand the differences in sexual identity and how could they become more open minded in their beliefs?
LUCY VIVES — I think it’s important to be honest with ourselves and be okay with not knowing or understanding certain things. I wasn't raised to understand these particular differences in sexual identity, but I was raised to respect people. All I had to do was make the connection and assertion that no matter the sexual identity, people are people. It is and was as simple as that. I’d like for those I inspire to assess their truth, identity and sexuality with stern confidence for themselves and their loved ones, yes, but only so they never have to again and can continue to focus on progressing as real people, complex humans, and vocational beings. Who they are, not who they're attracted to.
"I realized a while back that the only legacy I actually have any control in leaving,
and the one I should care most about,
is how I made people feel while I was around."
JORDAN KHLOE — What kind of legacy do you hope to leave?
LUCY VIVES — Though I always thought I’d leave my work as my legacy, I realized a while back that the only legacy I actually have any control in leaving, and the one I should care most about, is how I made people feel while I was around. That’s truly what people will remember when we’re gone.